Arturo Magni joined the MW Agusta’s factory racing deparment in 1950, under his management the famed MV Reparto Corsa team won a 270 Grand Prix victories and a staggering 75 World Championships. After MV retired from racing in 1976, Magni and his sons set up a factory to build special versions of production motorcycles. The first bikes they redesigned were the 750cc and 788cc MV Sport & MV America road bikes. Supplying bespoke kits that would enable customers to use their stock bike as a donor and transfer components into a new frame that would dispense with the factory shaft drive and convert them to a lighter weight more sporting chain drive. Other modifications normally included new fuel tanks, seats and engine tuning kits to increase capacity and performance. With 25 years of engineering and racing experience these bikes became legendary amongst motorcycling aficionados.
This fine example was based on a 750S America before the conversion was carried out. We are unsure when this was done however email correspondence from Giovanni Magni in the history file confirms that the bike is a genuine Magni frame with chain drive conversion and fitted with a genuine tank, seat, wheels and exhausts and an engine with a big bore kit with Magni cylinders. Magni believes this work was carried out by their importer Hansen in Germany.
We understand that the bike was sold to famed exotic car collector and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason in the mid 1980s, and was subsequently sold to Dutch businessman Klass Zwart, the owner of Ascari Cars Ltd and the builder of the amazing Ascari race resort in southern Spain where the bike was maintained by his race mechanics. It resided there until returning to the UK in 2014 and was fully serviced in January 2015 before being put into storage. Having recently received a full check over in our service dept. the bike is in excellent order both mechanically and cosmetically, currently showing 35,000 Kms. it is fine running order, supplied with UK registration documents and a new UK MoT this is not only a fabulously handsome motorcycle, rare and collectable but also an exhilarating ride.
1978 MV Agusta Magni 861
Engine Number: 2210103
Mileage: 35000 kms
Registration: YK0 152S